What NOT to Say to a Stressed-Out Parent & 1 Way to Help

Ever have one of those weeks that just do not seem to end? You have a lot on your plate with the kids, and sh*t at home and stuff at work and you just find every muscle in your back and neck to be so tight it hurts? Stressed-out parenting likely happens to us all at one point or another — depending on your situation, you may be in the ‘stress zone’ more then others.

It’s never fun. It’s always pretty crappy and sometimes all you can do is grin and vent to fellow parents who should, at least in some way, be able to commiserate. This parenting gig is not easy and we should all be able to vent about the stresses as much as we brag about the awesome.

If you have a friend who seems to be super stressed out right now, there are some things that you should totally not say — unless you want to be a huge reason for their stress.

Click through for 10 things you should NOT say to a stressed-out parent and the 1 thing you should say:

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  • You Look Like You Need a Break 1 of 11
    You Look Like You Need a Break
    It's just kind of obvious, isn't' it? You should be asking how you can help, not commenting on how they look like they want to rip out their hair.
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  • Just Wait Until They Are Older 2 of 11
    Just Wait Until They Are Older
    If it's going to get worse, we don't want to know right now.
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  • This Too Shall Pass 3 of 11
    This Too Shall Pass
    Cheesy cliche phrases won't make things easier - it just boils the blood.
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  • You Look Like You Have Your Hands Full 4 of 11
    You Look Like You Have Your Hands Full
    Um ... duh? Wanna help? No, okay then.
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  • Try To Enjoy It 5 of 11
    Try To Enjoy It
    Enjoy the screaming, fighting, sleeplessness, no time to out my feet up? Maybe as much as I enjoy a root canal...
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  • Maybe If You (had a better routine, got them to sleep earlier) 6 of 11
    Maybe If You (had a better routine, got them to sleep earlier)
    No one likes unsolicited advice, especially when it looks like they are barely holding in.
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  • I Would Beat My Kids If They Acted That Way 7 of 11
    I Would Beat My Kids If They Acted That Way
    When a parent is stressed out, they don't want to be told that you would be handling it much easier... or differently.
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  • You Don’t Seem That Busy 8 of 11
    You Don't Seem That Busy
    Ah, the phrase that many parents are told by non-parents. Never, ever a good idea.
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  • I Would Trade Places With You 9 of 11
    I Would Trade Places With You
    Dude, I dare you...
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  • Can You Do This For Me? 10 of 11
    Can You Do This For Me?
    Do not ask for more... or at least wait until the hair is not being pulled out.
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  • What You SHOULD SAY: Have a Glass, or Three 11 of 11
    What You SHOULD SAY: Have a Glass, or Three
    Offer to help man! Bring them a cookie or a glass (or three) of wine.
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:: What helps you when you’re feeling stressed out? ::

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